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The Little Professor

Things Victorian and academic.

Published: 2017-05-26T19:46:05-04:00


This Week's Acquisitions


Cyrus Francis Perkins, Busha's Mistress; or Catherine the Fugitive. A Stirring Romance of the Days of Slavery in Jamaica (Markus Wiener, 2003). First scholarly edition of Perkins' anti-slavery novel, finished in the 1850s but not published until the early twentieth...

Friday Cat Blogging


In the interest of making sure that I take a vacation, Ozias Midwinter and Allan Armadale take over my office chair.

This Week's Acquisitions


Anthony Mandal, Jane Austen and the Popular Novel: The Determined Author (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). Examines Austen's professional and literary contexts, including her relationships with her publishers, the influence of early religious fiction, and so on. (Amazon)

Earl Nugent's Daughter; Or the Last Days of the Penal Laws: A True Story


I celebrated handing in my final grades by reading a Victorian religious novel, as, ah, one does. Agnes M. Stewart's Earl Nugent's Daughter (1883) is a historical novel about Mary Elizabeth Grenville, Marchioness of Buckingham, who was, as the title...

This Week's Acquisitions


Nicholas Cardinal Wiseman, The Lamp of the Sanctuary (Art and Book Company, 1899). Reprint of Wiseman's short novel about a man whose clandestine activities have, predictably, Bad Results. (eBay) ALOE, Claudia: A Tale (T. Nelson and Sons, 1869). A young...

Friday Cat Blogging


Allan Armadale here occupies his favorite sleeping location. It is not entirely convenient (for me, I mean), especially when he decides to roll over onto the keyboard.

This (Last Two) Week's (Selected) Acquisitions


[Had some distractions last week that got in the way of posting. Also, I received some unexpected books in the mail, a few of which are listed here.] Rev. Charles Courtenay, John Snow's Wife and Other Temperance Tales (Jarrold &...

Brief note: teaching Caryl Phillips' The Lost Child


From an instructor's point of view, one of the more interesting ways to teach students to be on the lookout for connections amongst literary works (as opposed to reading them in hermetic isolation) is to teach responses to a famous...

Deus lo Volt!


At the end of Evan S. Connell's best-known novel, Mrs. Bridge (1959), the title character finds herself stuck in her Lincoln--a car in which "she had grown to feel secure" (ch. 117)--because the car's engine stops working when she is...

Unmarked: An Academic Mystery


I slouched into my office like a sagging sock, slammed the door behind me, and collapsed into my favorite faux leather chair, recently bought on sale at Wal-Mart for $39.95. That investigation into the disappearance of the conference room clock...

This Week's Acquisitions


Mary H. Debenham, Household Troops: Or, Small Service is True Service (SPCK, n.d.). A young woman and her sister deal with various troubles against the background of the Franco-Prussian War. (eBay) William A. Lacey, Through Storm to Sunshine (Nelson, 1888)....

A momentary deflation


My year of "I didn't really think this through" has finally come to an end--"this" being the number of things I agreed to write, the last of which was the lecture I delivered at Washington and Jefferson College earlier in...

This Week's Acquisitions


Mrs. J. Sadlier, Alice Riordan, or the Blind Man's Daughter. A Tale for the Young (Thomas Noonan, n.d.). A Catholic tale, set in Canada, about the struggles of a poor father-daughter team trying to make a living in the face...

Singing "Eye of the Tiger" is optional during the submission process


Like most academics, I am subject to endless CFPs from mysterious OA journals. But this CFP raised an entirely new set of questions. Then again, if Arnold Schwarzenegger can go into politics...

The Great Dis vs. D'Is Debate: Ongoing


One of the advantages (?) of having a long-running blog (gulp) is that you can return to subjects over a period of (oh dear) years. Take, for example, Dis vs. D'Is, which is not to be confused with Spy vs....